Triodia sylvina - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth


Las Descargues, 11 September 2015
Triodia sylvina Adult


© Robin Howard

Triodia sylvina (Linnaeus, 1761)

Orange Swift
La Sylvine

Wingspan: 32-48mm

A univoltine species of marked sexual dimorphism flying from July to October when it is a frequent visitor to light, always one of the first moths at the trap it has been recorded from all sampling sites. A species of unmanaged meadows, rough grassland and moorland.

Larvae feed for two years on the roots of various herbaceous plants, Althaea, Rumex, Taraxacum, Daucus, and Verbascum. Pupation takes place in a cocoon near the soil surface.